If you lived on the Gulf, you'd probably be a little more relaxed about storms, like this guy here. Make sure you read his last few paragraphs.
On the other hand, if you wanted a really comprehensive "go-bag," one of our contributors did work one up for you.
But if you want to find a sensible middle ground for preparing (for almost any urgent situation), we urge you to listen to this show. You'll hear Geoff Fox get pretty worked up about the storm, but you also hear, from our experts, some dos and don'ts that are pretty easy to follow.
Earlier this week, when our building shook during an earthquake, my first instinct was to get myself and everybody else out of the building.
Upon further review, my first instinct was wrong. Earthquake experts say if you're indoors, stay there. Get down under a piece of furniture and make yourself as small as possible. Who knew? And it seems psychologically so much less rewarding than actually fleeing from the building. Now there's a hurricane coming, and a lot of the stuff you should do for that you probably can't do in the time between now and landfall. But one of our guests today, Arnold Chase, will tell you not to prepare for any one thing. Do things and have things that will be useful regardless of the situation, he says. We'll also check in with Fox about the latest progress of Hurriance Irene. Leave your comments below, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.